Monday, March 23, 2015

Small Space? No Storage? No Problem!

By Levena Lindahl

College is often the first time students find themselves out on their own, with their own space and all the challenges that come with it.  First apartments can be tiny and often hard to figure out how to store things or even to decorate without completely blowing the budget.  With the rise of Pinterest, there are now more ideas and tips than ever, and here are a few that can help with storage and space saving!  There really is no limit to what you can do with your space, so don’t be afraid to branch out and try something new.

Repurposed Shoe Organizer

          Shoe organizers can and do work great for so many things! You can use it in the laundry room for cleaning supplies, spray paint, tools, under the sink for bathroom supplies, extra hair and body care products, or in the closet for scarves, socks, belts, and shoes. They are perfect for small spaces because they take up unused wall or door space instead of much needed closets and cupboards.  This is a great way to manage small items as well as take care of clutter!  You can usually find these for around $5-$10, making them pretty budget friendly too.


            Shelves are not only great for storage, but the tops can be used as desks, something that is great for people working with a limited amount of space.  Shelves or storage units come in a huge variety of styles and shapes, making it easy to find one that best fits your specific needs.  Do you prefer shelves or cubes, light colors or dark wood?  All of these needs can be met, including the need for a desktop workspace by using the top of a shorter shelf.  Using the top of a low bookshelf works great, saves space and can keep important books and documents right at your fingertips without sacrificing floor space for another piece of furniture. Shelves can sometimes be found at garage sales or flea markets, which can make them both budget and ecofriendly.

Seating Storage

            Ottomans are a great way to not only provide seating, but to also sneak in some extra storage into your space.  The tops can lift off, letting you stash things like game controllers, remotes or things like small blankets.  Arranging ottomans in groups of four can also let them be used as small tables to set larger projects on.  They can also make pretty handy footstools for next to your couch.

PVC Pipe

            Now, PVC pipe might not be the first thing people think of when it comes to storage, but it can be pretty useful!  Plus, it’s a pretty versatile material, easy to work with and easy to make into fun and unique shapes with the use of adhesives or screws, and can be painted to match your d├ęcor.  Cut down to 12 inch sections, large diameter PVC can be used for shoe storage or accessory storage.  Thinner sections can hold crafting materials like wrapping paper, keeping it wrinkle and tear free. 

            Storage and small spaces go hand in hand.  It’s important to know that there are solutions for every space, and that sometimes all you need is to look at things a little differently to make your place work for you.



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